What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

By Laura Vanderkam

  • Publication Date: 2012-06-12
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
4 Score: 4 (From 1,480 Ratings)

Book Overview

Mornings are a madcap time for many of us. We wake up in a haze—often after hitting snooze a few times. Then we rush around to get ready and out the door so we can officially start the day. Before we know it, hours have slipped by without us accomplishing anything beyond downing a cup of coffee, dashing off a few emails, and dishing with our coworkers around the water cooler. By the time the workday wraps up, we’re so exhausted and defeated that any motivation to accomplish something in the evening has vanished.

But according to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives.

Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day. While many of us are still in bed, these folks are scoring daily victories to improve their health, careers, and personal lives without sacrificing their sanity. For instance, former PepsiCo chairman and CEO Steve Reinemund would rise at 5:00 a.m., run four miles, pray, and eat breakfast with his family before heading to work to run a Fortune 500 company.

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast is a fun, practical guide that will inspire you to rethink your morning routine and jump-start your life before the day has even begun.

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Recent Reviews

  • This book was wonderful!!!

    5
    By alissahahn
    This definitely made me realize that you can fit more in a day if you would just make that one step to get up a little earlier. And to open your mind to new opportunities. Just make a step to a new you!
  • A great read to start the new year!

    5
    By The Ice At
    This is actually my 2nd time reading this book. From the 1st time, incorporated many ideas, the 2nd has been a nice refresher/reinforcement
  • When life gets crazy this is a must read

    5
    By NicoleKich
    It is easy in our fast paced demanding lives to let life get away from you. This book is a priceless reminder of keeping perspective and delegating what's important. A quick read I will surely read over and over as life throws obstacles and throws me off course again and again.
  • A 30 minute read about obvious concepts

    2
    By Ctedde
    This book is very short. It's more like an essay that says if you wake up early, you can exercise, hang out with your family, or work on a project. The author mentions that a few CEOs exercise at 6:00 AM and that you're too tired to work on stuff at the end of the day. Thanks for charging me $3 to tell me that in a 30 minute read. You can't see it but I just rolled my eyes.
  • Great Read!!!

    4
    By Wiley1111111
    Such a great, short read. This is truly a new way to improve your life. I highly recommend reading this!
  • There's always a butt.

    5
    By 🙉🙈🙊👍
    Thank you for this book. It has helped inspire me to better use my time. It's content is terrific! The examples are great, and short reads can always go far. ... But, I felt the writing style ran on a little. If I am to give an honest review, then I must include this. I am by no means a good writer, but as a reader it felt as though there were some run on sentences or paragraphs. Thank you anyway this is my only critique.
  • Before Breakfast

    5
    By LizBkWrm
    Excellent! A simple and quick read with truly great insights to help you make over your mornings.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By Sparky2188
    Great read and confirms what I've been starting to hear from my co-workers! Starting my change tomorrow morning :-)
  • Common Sense Revealed

    5
    By zmichele23
    I'm glad I stumbled on this book. So much of it just makes sense. Doing the important things early in the day ensures that they don't get lost in the shuffle. Great takeaways and action items.
  • Not much content

    2
    By miss Optimum
    Unfortunately, the book is thin on content. It barely manages to flesh out the introduction. The entire book may have been written before breakfast, in a single sitting. My morning is chopped up by school bus departures beginning at 6:45 am, and the book talks about creating and making use of large chunks of uninterrupted morning time. Some of us have more control over our morning schedule than others.

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